Dear Colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to extend this invitation, on behalf of World Obesity (formerly IASO) and the Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO) to all colleagues in the field of obesity and related disorders to participate in the 12th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) to be held from the 17 - 20 March, 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Since it’s inception in 1974, ICO has previously been hosted in Asia only once, held in Kobe, Japan in 1990 and it is timely for it to be in Asia once again after more than two decades. Rapid development and the upward trend in economic status of many countries in the region have led to a significant increase in the prevalence of obesity. The health burdens related to obesity are increasing more rapidly in Asia than anywhere else in the world and governments can no longer ignore the problem.

The eight track scientific programme of ICO 2014 provides a unique opportunity for all interested in obesity to share their experiences and expertise, garner knowledge and seek practical solutions in their quest to help prevent the escalation of this epidemic and to manage it globally.

Malaysia 'truly Asia' has the essence of an ideal host country, located in the heart of Asia with world-class infrastructure and easy accessibility. It is economically friendly for most nations, especially the developing countries. It is a renowned tourist destination in Asia, boasting of a multi-racial cultural society living in a blend of old and new world charm. The political climate is stable with ease of passage for delegates to enter the country, thanks to the government promotion of Malaysia as a tourist and convention destination. Enjoy the short video clip and keep a date with us.

On behalf of all of us working on the scientific and social programmes, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Kuala Lumpur in March 2014.


Prof. Mohd Ismail Noor
President ICO 2014